There is a railroad going through the Mojave Preserve and the historic Kelso Depot is a good place to stop and check out the building and grounds. And watch a very long freight train go by.
The road continues and the Joshua Tree forests are quite interesting and there are many near the road. These trees are native to southwestern North America and can mostly be found in the Mojave desert.
The road ends at the highway towards Las Vegas. In the picture below, the Whiskey Pete’s Casino is in the distance just past the border of Nevada.
There were some strange looking structures near the highway and I have no idea what they were. Perhaps they had to do with farming or some research project? Perhaps someone will be able to shed some light on this.
From here, it is not too far to Las Vegas and the road is pretty much uninspiring highway scenery, especially after coming from the back roads.
On the way back from Las Vegas to Palm Desert, I took a slightly different route because I wanted to experience some more of Route 66 in this area. I imagine this can be pretty busy in summer but it was very quiet on this December day. The road from Kingman goeas towards Oatman, AZ which is a little interesting town where wild burros freely roam the streets. When I came through there, it was already almost dark and no burros in sight so there are not any pictures.
The silence all around you when you pull over and enjoy the scenery is such a wonderful experience.
Some Route 66 nostalgia along the way.
The road is pretty narrow in some places and there are some sharp curves. Large motorhomes or vehicles with trailers are not recommended.
After spending the night in Palm Desert, I drove along the shores of the Salton Sea towards San Diego. This is a destination by itself and you can spend a day driving around it and explore the forgotten towns and other places.
Even though this road trip lasted only a few days, nothing makes me happier than just driving the backroads and through the desert of this part of the USA. The saying may be old and well-known but it is true that the journey is the destination.